Ben Nevis at 4409ft or 1344m is the highest mountain in Scotland and the UK. As a consequence of this the normal tourist route to the summit is busy throughout the summer but there is more to these mountains than the endless trail of stones leading from the car park near Fort William to the usually mist shrouded summit.
Head instead to the Nevis Range ski area a few miles north of Fort William on the road to Spean Bridge – gondola and mountain bike trails in summer – and two more Scottish “four thousanders” are easily accessible without following any crowds. I saw only a dozen or so people once I’d left the gondola station behind. These summits – both Munros – are Aonach Mor (1221m/4006ft) which rises directly above the ski area and the more remote Aonach Beag (1234m/4049ft) that overlooks the upper reaches of Glen Nevis and the normally unseen side of the Ben…
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Two more posts to come soon from this trip